Here you will find tales of voyages past and present on our trusty Pacific Seacraft Dana 24, "Sockdolager," and our Bigfoot29 powerboat, "Raven," from Port Townsend, Washington, USA. In 2009 we sailed north from Puget Sound up the west coast of Vancouver Island to the Queen Charlotte Islands (now called Haida Gwaii.) In 2010 we went back to the west coast of Vancouver Island. In July 2011 we left the Northwest, sailed to Mexico, and in March 2012 we crossed the Pacific to French Polynesia, then on to the Cooks, Niue and Tonga. We spent several months in New Zealand, and in May 2013 loaded Sockdolager (and ourselves) on a container ship for San Francisco. In June and July 2013 we sailed north along the California, Oregon and Washington coasts, and in August we arrived home. In October 2016, Sockdolager found new owners, and we began cruising on Raven, a unique wooden 29' powerboat. In 2018 we cruised up to Glacier Bay, Alaska, and back. But in 2024 we had the chance to buy Sockdolager back (we missed her), so we sold Raven. We hope you enjoy reading about our adventures as much as we enjoy having them. (And there will be more.)

Friday, December 20, 2013

Home for the Holidays

Christmas 2013 at home.

A Poem for Christmas in Port Townsend

Light blue, a wet wind
hustles heavy clouds in from the Pacific.
The sun cracks a smile,
            washes our house in gold,
            yellow for the neighbors,
            a rainbow for everyone.

Tumbling merrily, a vagabond cloud
brushes waving cedars on the ridge.
It looks like rain,
            it looks like sun,
            it looks like Spring,
            like everything all at once.

White-winged, a common gull
perches on a red brick chimney atop a black roof.
The clouds sweep by,
            leap riverlike from North Beach
            to cross the Strait
            all the way to Victoria.

Smiling sleepily, you yawn
ask from the kitchen, “Where’s the sugar?”
Pour milk over Cheerios,
            pour me another cup of coffee,
            pour your love over me,
            all through the days and nights.

Awash in light this morning,
pouring over that gull, our house, this town,
Life cracks a smile,
            gives us this Christmas,
            gives us this home,
            gives us each other.

All this color, this Christmas, this time.

Christmas 2012 in North Cove, Kawau Island NZ.

1 comment:

  1. Life cracks a smile,, letting the love pour in. Thx for the dellightful poem.